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8 June 2010
SECRETARY-GENERAL STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENT IN PROBE INTO 31 MAY INCIDENT
In response to questions about reports that Israel may reject any international investigation into the 31 May incident involving the flotilla, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations has not yet received an official response from Israel.
He underscored the Secretary-General's considered view that credible international involvement is crucial to a prompt, credible, impartial and transparent investigation, as called for in the Security Council's Presidential Statement of 1 June.
The Secretary-General understands that Israel is still considering how and if to bring an international element into the investigative process.
Asked about the advice the Secretary-General had received from the Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) regarding the legality of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, the Spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General routinely seeks the advice of his Legal Counsel on matters of pressing international concern. That advice is an internal matter between the Secretary-General and his Legal Counsel.